As a high school student, you may be experiencing tremendous pressures to succeed…in academics, community activities, social activities, and more. All of these factors culminate into the idea of becoming a successful adult with accountability. While it is considered unfair by many, it is a fact that one of the measurements of successful adulthood is earning power in the workforce.
According to Workforce.com, highly emotionally intelligent individuals earn an average of $29,000 more per year than those who seemingly lack a socially acceptable degree of emotional intelligence (EQ). Here are a couple of reasons they earn more:
1) They tend to manage their emotions with a level of grace and control in personal and professional circumstances. Let’s be honest. Emotional outbursts are frowned upon in most school and professional settings–it reflects a lack of self-control. Using self-awareness and self-management, emotionally intelligent individuals are able to manage their emotions and thus project an image of stability and maturity.
2) Given the fact that they understand how to manage self-control, they tend to be effective communicators. They are thought leaders who don’t mind casting vulnerabilities aside. They fearlessly share intriguing ideas with peers, mentors, teachers, and parents. They successfully lead old, young, men, and women to greater heights and brighter paths.
If you have the ability to put others at ease, it speaks volumes about your ability to inspire trust and to cultivate relationships. These are but a couple of examples of what a respected and admired leader look like. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a powerful component of success. Use it wisely.
Go forth and make it a great day !!